The Mock Gladiator Match was held in a small stadium. Maximus and Juba were partners in the match, chained together. They fought against several brutal people, killing all until they were the sole survivors. At long last, they competed during a Battle of Carthage Reenactment. Maximus and his friends played as the Carthaginian "barbarians" while others portrayed the Romans. To Cassius's surprise, Maximus and his team mates worked together to kill the enemy. Cassus apologized, but Emperor Commodus replied that he liked surprises.
When Maximus and Proximo both agreed to fight against Commodus to halt his cruelty, Juba and Hagen fought alongside them. At the Attack on Proximo's School, the gladiators held out until many including Proximo and Hagen were butchered. Maximus was captured, and forced to fight the emperor himself in a gladiator match. Maximus, fatally stabbed before the battle, killed Commodus but did not live to enjoy his victory.